What you'll learn

  • An overview of modern Chinese history; learn about Qing’s forced re-encounter and engagement with the West and its ideas and technology, the impact of imperialism and dynastic decline, culminating with the fall of the Qing dynasty.
  • Skills to analyze and understand primary sources within their historical context, particularly the writings of intellectuals wrestling with the confrontation of western ideas and technology.
  • The historiography of periodization and how one can define the modern period.
  • To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.
  • To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.

Course description

China (Part 7): Invasions, Rebellions and the Fall of Imperial China is the seventh of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly "modules," each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.

Parts 6 - 10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby. Parts 1 - 5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol.  

For more information about ChinaX, please visit the ChinaX page.

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  • Portrait of Peter K. Bol
    Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences

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